The Dirt: Santa Rosa Range OSV



The Santa Rosa Range offers multiple routes for snowmobiles to explore during the winter months. Hinkey Summit Road has multiple roadways that lead towards the Paradise Peak Wilderness Area. Keep in mind that motorized vehicles are prohibited within these wilderness boundaries. A popular OSV route is to follow Hinkey Summit Road towards Lye Creek Campground. The campground is not open or operational in the winter months, however it does allow for a fun OSV day-trip.

Unimproved and dispersed campsites might be covered by snow, so the best option for lodging and amenities would be in the town of Winnemucca. 


From downtown Winnemucca:

  • Head north on US Highway 95 for 22 miles.
  • Turn right onto NV-290. which will lead you to Paradise Valley.
  • Head north onto Hinkey Summit Road to access several OSV routes in the Santa Rosa Range.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: US Forest Service - Santa Rosa Ranger District

3275 Fountain Way
Winnemucca, NV 89445
(775) 623-5025 ex. 4

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has not completed Over-Snow Vehicle Use Travel Management planning for this area. The over-snow vehicle routes and open areas shown on this map are information only and are subject to change. This map implies no right of access across any private lands displayed on this map. Please follow Responsible Recreation guidelines and stay on existing roads and trails.

Be sure to check local riding and weather conditions before recreating, as the Santa Rosa Range is remote and conditions can change quickly! Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only - be respectful of seasonal wheeled-vehicle closures. Over-snow Vehicles are required to yield to all other users.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem. Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

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